Rev. Herbert “Buddy” Owens, Jr. of California, age 63, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center.



Buddy was born May 9, 1956, in Kansas City to Herbert Owens, Sr. and Vivian (Powers) Owens. He graduated from Truman High School in Independence in 1974. He earned his bachelor’s degree from William Jewel College in 1978 and obtained his Masters in Divinity in pastoral care in 1991 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Buddy married Sherry Grush on Dec. 1, 1979, at the First Baptist Church, Licking.

Buddy and Sherry were involved in the ministry for over thirty years. Buddy was very involved in mission work, which included the 1993 Flood Relief in Elsberry. In 2002, he served with the Salt Lake City Olympics Ministry through First Baptist Church California. Buddy concluded his ministry career doing interim pastor work in the Sedalia area.

Buddy was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, in which he obtained his Eagle Scout and God and Country Award in 1972. He studied abroad at Harlaxton in England while in college. He was the first President of the Licking Lion’s Club. He was an avid Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan, in which he enjoyed watching and attending games with family. He was a great storyteller and never knew a stranger. He loved attending events of his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Herbert Owens, Sr. (Father), Vivian Owens (Mother), Gerald Owens,(Brother), and Cheryle Sitze (Sister).

He is survived by wife Sherry, daughters Holly (Michael) Kliethermes, Patty (Scott) Leigers, and his six grandchildren: Alex, Carson, Elijah, Sophie, and newborn twins Cara and Zoey (whom he shared his birthday with).

Visitation was held Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 2 p.m.  to 4 p.m. at Windmill Ridge Funeral Service with Celebration of Life following, with Rev. Joe Banderman officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Sherry Owens, c/o Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, PO Box 443, California, MO 65018. Online messages to the family may be contributed at

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